No falls in over a week!


Originally posted June 18th, 2007 – Jamie’s SV Summer Cycle Journal

Saturday’s ride was great! It was cold – I second whoever noted “invest in armwarmers” – but the sun was out and the scenery was beautiful. As someone who mans a computer at work for 8-ish hours a day and then plays computer games for 3-4 hours per night, I really appreciate the outdoor time that training provides. Sunshine, fog capped mountains (or hills? foothills? I don’t really know my hill-like-structure terminology), tree smells…good stuff.

There was a pretty nasty headwind for a good part of the ride Saturday, and at least twice I thought I was going to be blown right off the road. I accidentally discovered the benefits of drafting, when I pulled out to pass someone that I’d been tailing. WOW, what a difference. It will be interesting to see how this “pacelining” business works in the future.

My left was calf was still complaining some on the hills Saturday. I still felt like I had to baby it on the way up the last hill, but I finished the whole ride without any major incidents – a success I attribute entirely to my pre-ride breakfast banana.

I went shopping *again* on Sunday, and managed to buy not a single thing on-sale at Mike’s Bikes. I did successfully purchase a second pair of bike shorts, which should ease the almost every day washing regimen I’ve been stuck with. The new shorts and I went for a ride on the Los Gatos Creek Trail near my house later Sunday night. All in all, I had a nice trip although there was some minor stress when I almost took out two wheel-chasing chihuahuas (eep!).

Some updates…

Number of rides: 6
Falls: holding at 2
Days since last fall*: 9 (I know – you’re amazed)
Number of bruises left: 4
Color of remaining bruises: mostly purple
Miles traveled: ~55 (guestimated with the help of google maps )
Permanent injuries: 0 – may stop tracking this one until the next “major incident” (Is it bad luck to already assume there will be a next incident?)

*It occured to me while writing this list that “Days since last fall” is a slightly deceptive metric, as it doesn’t take into account how many of those days I was actually on a bike. I mean, realistically, not riding for a week could highly inflate that number. So I’ve been brainstorming a better way to track…but thus far all my ideas are too complex (ratios …ew, math). Let me know if you come up with one.

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